Today was the second time I went on one of the St Silas Deathmarches. Like my first time, the hillwalk was tough – 11 miles, freezing cold, lots of wind and rain, and huge amounts of snow especially on higher ground.
We walked the length of a glen near Luss, in the Trossachs, then came back via a ridge of mountains encircling it from which there were grand views all the way back to Loch Lomond.
The snow made it hard-going, but there are some good photos as a result.
Two things to run past you all, though. The first was an animal we saw in a field on our way out (see above). It had the shape of a deer, but its coat seemed too thick and the wrong colour. It rather reminded us of a llama without a neck (not, admittedly, a frequent sight for any of us). Any suggestions?
Secondly, near the summit of the far end of the mountain range there was a most surreal phenomenon – the appearance of a face in the rocks. It looked a lot flatter close up from the side, but from this distance it was striking.
As we came over a hill and were confronted with it, it was something of a surreal, and even slightly spooky moment because it looked just so convincing – like Mount Rushmore meets pagan mountain-worship, or something.
I am sure there must be some legends or old stories about it, but I can’t remember the name of the particular mountain and I can’t be bothered looking it up because I am shattered. So… anyone got any light to shed?